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Fast for Less Cash
While it may seem that automakers are focusing more on fuel efficiency than performance these days, cars are actually getting faster and (in some cases) cheaper. If you’re in the market for a performance car under $50,000, you might be surprised just how fast they can get.
Taking a look at 0-60 mph acceleration times*, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 fastest vehicles available on today’s market for under $50,000 including destination.
The reveals for the upcoming Transformers 4 movie keep coming, undoubtedly looking to steal some thunder away from Fast and Furious 6.
10. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: $54,095
Today’s cars all seem to be focused on delivering fun driving experience that’s still friendly on gas. Those two elements are often an important factor in a car purchase, but sometimes you just want to feral thrill of a big, loud engine.
10. Subaru WRX STI: 305-hp $34,095
One of the most wonderful sensations come when you command a whole handful of power just with the flexing of your right foot. Horsepower is an intoxicating element when it comes to driving, but that doesn’t mean that it’s saved for the most expensive vehicles out there.
MagnaFlow, based out of Southern California, has teamed up with racing legend Mario Andretti to build one mean, clean Camaro for this year’s SEMA Show. The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro will also be auctioned off for charity at an upcoming Barrett-Jackson 2012 Scottsdale auction in Arizona with all the proceeds going towards the Wounded Warrior project.
The Camaro SS comes courtesy of Chevrolet while MagnaFlow outfitted it with their high-performance exhaust and Magnuson supercharger to enhance the Camaro’s performance. Getting the power to the ground is an ACT clutch while the exterior looks the part with a full Street Scene carbon fiber body kit. Keeping it all classy, MagnaFlow opted for a set of 20-inch HRE wheels mated to Pirelli rubber to cover up the Brembo brakes. Suspension upgrades come from a set of Eibach springs.
In order to earn Mario Andretti’s stamp of approval, Andretti himself took the MagnaFlow-built Camaro out to Nashville Super Speedway to take it through its paces. After inspecting and driving it on the track, Andretti approved of the project and will be alongside the Camaro on November 2nd, at the show.
GALLERY: Magnaflow Chevy Camaro Mario Andretti Edition
Next weekend, September 10th, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway will feature two special American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Camaro SS pace cars to raise awareness.
GM Chevrolet pledges to further support the cause by donating $200 for every caution lap the pink Camaro SS pace cars perform. Moreover, Chevrolet will participate in other American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” events as well.
It’s an unfortunate color for a Camaro SS, but who can say no to such an important cause?
Chevrolet is giving a huge salute to our military by expanding on its GM Military Discount while offering an exclusive “Honor” badge to those who purchase an eligible vehicle through the program in the month of May. Chevrolet will also donate $100 from each sale to Cell Phones for Soldiers. And to make it an even more enticing deal, Chevrolet will allow spouses and retirees of Active and Reserve members, U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard to take advantage of the discount. Ranging from $500 to $4,000 off, those eligible can take advantage of a nice discount towards most Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles.
In addition, GM will debut a limited edition Honor and Valor 2012 Camaro SS at the Indianapolis 500 on May 28th. Just 99 of the special Camaros will be made and can be ordered by visiting www.gmmilitarydiscount.com.
GALLERY: Honor and Valor Chevrolet Camaro SS
Baldwin Motion is looking to benefit from the resurgence of Chevy‘s new Chamaro, launching five different models with horsepower figures ranging anywhere from 525-hp to 800-hp, all based on the Camaro SS. Dubbed the “Fantastic Five”, the base model is SS-427, next up is the Phase III 427 then the SS-454, Phase III 454 and last but not least, the Phase III 427-SC.
Following the naming designation, each Camaro SS is powered by either GM’s LS7 427 powerplant or their LSX 454 engine. Hit the source to see specs on each and every model, but it’s worth highlighting the Phase III 427-SC that takes the Camaro SS to an impressive 800-hp. Baldwin Motion supercharges a fully built GM’s LS7 427 engine with a 2.8L twin-screw supercharger. The heads are also completely redone with a custom Redline R3-SC blower camshaft to up high-end horsepower.
Baldwin Motion doesn’t just focus on the horsepower, installing Brembo six-pistons front brakes and four-pistons rear brakes. On the outside custom Motion painted striping, wheels accompany Phase III-SC’s hood and rear spoiler. The front end has also been swapped out for a much more aggressive piece.
Lastly, the interior also receives front and rear seat accents with embroidered headrests with a carbon fiber finish
GALLERY: Baldwin Motion Chevrolet Camaros
[Source: Baldwin Motion]
Donald Trump is set to join the illustrious list of Indy 500 Pace Car drivers when he slides behind the wheel of a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS at the quintessential American motorsports event.
The Camaro SS Pace Car, announced earlier this year, will be a convertible model, and that gives us extra incentive to tune in. We can’t wait to see how the Donald’s hair holds up at triple digit speeds.
[Source: New York Post]
Motor Trend has all but confirmed one of the car world’s worst kept secrets; the Chevrolet Camaro will return in Z28 trim for 2012, likely packing the 556-horsepower LSA supercharged V8 used in the Cadillac CTS-V. The LSA engine makes just a touch more horsepower than a comparable Shelby GT500 (which has to make do with only 540 horsepower), and will be backed by a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The Z28s return was confirmed by Karl Stracke, GM’s Vice President of Global Vehicle Engineering, in an interview with Motor Trend magazine. Strecke, who likes motorcycles and drives a Corvette Grand Sport, is the kind of guy you want heading up the Z28 program. With the Shelby GT500 as the current king of the muscle car wars and the 5.0 going toe to toe with the Camaro SS, the Z28 needs to be substantially better than both cars to recapture the glory for Chevrolet. Now if they just bring back an IROC trim, the 80′s nostalgia will be complete.
[Source: Motor Trend]
We’ll start with the (sort of) bad news. The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro will cost you more – but not too much more – as the model year changes over. The top of the line 2LT and 2SS get a $350 price bump, to $28,075 and $35,145 respectively. Prices for the LS, 1LT and 1SS models remain unchanged, and the 2011 Ford Mustang will still be a bit cheaper than the Camaro.
For all the talk of rising gas prices, global warming and oil spills, the muscle car wars appear to be heating back up again, much to the delight of car fans, and the disdain of everybody else on this planet. At least this time, the fuel economy numbers are in the double digits.
If you want the performance of a Bugatti Veyron in an all-American package (that’s one tenth the price), look no further than Hennessey Performance Engineering’s HPE1000, a $65,000 upgrade for the Chevrolet Camaro SS.
The stock 6.2L LS3 engine is discarded in favor of a 7.0L LSX variant, and a complete twin-turbocharger system is installed. The LSX is essentially re-built as well, with new pistons, cylinder heads, crankshaft, intake manifold, exhaust and fuel management system. All of these systems, along with your choice of heavy duty manual or automatic gearboxes are necessary to handle the absurd 1000 horsepower the car lays down through the rear wheels. Helping to control the tsunami of power are KW Variant coilovers, Brembo brakes, Pirelli P-Zero tires and an HPE CarbonAero bodykit.
For the $125,000 price tag, Hennessey claims that “…you’ll be able to do burnouts at 100 mph!”. Only two questions remain: where do we sign, and do you accept organs as payment.